With over 100 years of history behind it, the ancient Guindais Funicular is more than just a means of transport.
Built in 1891, it connects the Ribeira district, one of the most evocative and fascinating of the city, with Batalha in a couple of minutes. The latter, on a hill, offers an extraordinary panorama, and spectacular views of the Douro and the Dom Luiz I bridge.
Despite having an ancient history, however, the funicular was short-lived. Inaugurated in 1891, it was closed two years later due to a serious accident. It took more than 100 years for the funicular to reopen in 2004.
Currently, the Porto funicular is under concession to the Municipality together with the Ribeira lift.
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The route of the Guindais Funicular is just 281 meters long, and a total of only 2 stations.
The Ribeira station, downstream, is located in Av. Gustave Eiffel, right at the beginning of the Dom Luis I bridge and the Miradouro.
Bus lines 900, 901, 906 pass near the funicular. To the left of the entrance is the long flight of stairs for those wishing to walk up.
Batalha, in the hills, is the mountain station, located on Rua Augusto Rosa.
Outside are the stops for buses 207, 303, 400, 904, 905 and line 22 (Elétricos).
The funicular is open every day at the following times:
To travel with the funicular you need to buy an exclusive ticket, not very cheap! You will not be able to use passes and reduced tickets.
A one-way trip on the funicular costs 4€ per adult and 2€ for children aged 4 to 12. Free up to 3 years old.
There is no return ticket.
Tickets can be purchased directly at the funicular, EXCLUSIVELY IN CASH!